Co-operative Spirit Awards


The Co-operative Spirit awards recognizes and celebrates both individual and organizational commitment and contribution to the co-operative movement and to the social, environmental and economic well-being of the province.

Since their inception in 1999, 125 individuals and organizations have received a Spirit Award from the Ontario Co-operative Association. Read the full list of recipients, or view many of our past winners receiving their award on the Spirit Awards You Tube channel!


The awards are generally held every two years but nominations are always open. Nominators can be individuals or organizations (i.e., Ontario co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires, or sector organizations and their staff, board or volunteers) that are Members or Members of Member Organization (MOMO) of the Ontario Co-operative Association. Nominators can submit nominations in more than one category. Recipients are chosen by a selection panel, consisting of at least three individuals who are familiar with Ontario’s co-operative sector, and who are not OCA staff.

2019 Spirit Awards Information

The 2019 Spirit Awards will be presented at our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at Springfield Golf & Country Club in Guelph ON. Award recipients do not need to be present to receive the award, but attendance is encouraged.

To make a nomination, or for more information on the nomination criteria and process, please review our Nomination PackagePlease submit the completed Nomination Form and supporting documents by July 31, 2019

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Spirit Awards, please contact: Jennifer Ross at [email protected] or 519-763-8271 x 22.

2017 Spirit Award Receipients

In 2017, two individuals and one organization received an award. Learn more about them by clicking on the media releases below: